Recent Graduate

Presenting

Nominees in the category of Recent Graduate

Sheridan College

Sara Camposarcone

Content Creator, Self-Employed
Visual Merchandising Arts, 2018

Sara Camposarcone is not your average fashion vlogger. Her eye-catching style layers bold prints with vibrant colours, often on exaggerated silhouettes. She uses a mix of second-hand and vintage clothing – along with eco-friendly designers – to create a playful and fun aesthetic called sustainable maximalism. Her content has attracted the attention of Vogue, Harpers, Bazaar and The New York Times, as well as major brands like McDonalds and Amazon. However, it is the overwhelming positivity that Camposarcone puts forth in her videos that keeps a host of demographics interested and feeling empowered to wear what makes them feel confident.

Niagara College

Jessica Garrett

Development Technologist, City of Niagara Falls

Construction Engineering Technology (Management), 2019

Construction Techniques, 2015

Jessica Garrett is a fearless female trailblazer within the male-dominated construction industry, dedicated to mentoring young women to join the field. She stands out as an abuse survivor overcame severe physical trauma during her college studies and needed a wheelchair, cane and knee braces to recover. She’s endured unchecked sexism and discrimination that young women in technical construction jobs can face and recalls the pressures of working during college to pay her bills. Today, Garrett's in charge of vetting engineering submissions and planning documents for subdivisions and condominiums for one of Ontario’s most famous destinations, Niagara Falls.

Mohawk College

Janet Greener

Founder, CEO and Principal, Beechwood Brainery Inc.

Social Service Worker, 2022

Mental Health and Disability Management, 2020

Recreation and Leisure Studies, 2004

Janet Greener is an entrepreneur dedicated to providing services for children, youth and their families who experience developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. She has applied her experience and expertise in neurodiversity to founding Beechwood Brainery Inc. since 2020. Its mission is to provide a safe space for personal growth and academic achievement through adapted and alternative education programming, tutoring, counselling and respite supports. She founded the school after seeing a critical gap in youth services through her own family’s experience with her younger sister, who has Down syndrome. The school now has two locations.

Fleming College

Naman Khandelwal

Manager of Client Services, Fleming College
Global Business Management, 2019
Naman Khandelwal has achieved remarkable milestones in his career, with a focus on commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. In his role as the manager of client services, he focuses on bridging the gap between student needs and the services offered by the college. By leading a newly established customer service department, he worked to enhance the overall college experience for students by addressing their concerns and ensuring their needs were met. Through his leadership, Khandelwal has become a catalyst for change, championing the rights and welfare of underrepresented individuals.

Northern College

Christina Kioke

Program Manager - Omushkego Six Seasons Youth Program, Mushkegowuk Council
Social Service Worker, 2022

Christina Kioke is an Attawapiskat First Nation member, social service worker, advocate for those facing social injustice and inequity and a former foster parent. She inspires and mentors others through lived experiences. She is recovering from addictions and has overcome many traumas, including a suicide attempt. Kioke is a strong, proud and resilient Cree woman, striving to create positive societal change for the communities she serves. In her current role, she launched the Six Seasons Youth Program. It provides Indigenous youth with a culturally safe space to develop and maintain their sense of identity and belonging, thus decreasing the risk of suicide.

George Brown College

Emefa Kuadey

Fashion Engineer and Founder, ISRAELLA KOBLA
Fashion Techniques and Design, 2019
Emefa Kuadey started her successful fashion design business while still at college. Through her hard work and creative designs, she has achieved significant success and brand recognition, particularly via her company's online and in-store partnership with mega retailer Hudson's Bay. Kuadey is exemplary in every sense, highlighting the power of college education and showcasing the talent pool available in BiPOC students as she mentors those starting off in the fashion industry.

Algonquin College

Alycia Lameboy-Dixon

Justice Projects Officer, Department of Justice and Correctional Services at the Cree Nation Government

Law Clerk, 2019

General Arts and Sciences: Justice Studies, 2018

General Arts and Sciences: English for Academic Purposes, 2016

As a native Cree and French speaker, Alycia Lameboy-Dixon came to college to study law with very limited English-language skills. Now trilingual, she is able to communicate effectively with all members of the justice system to ensure the needs of her community are met, including the over 18,000 people who call the Eeyou Istchee territory home. She works there as a justice project officer for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services at the Cree Nation government, writing key reports and managing criminal and by-law case files for nine communities.

St. Clair College

Julia Lane

Canadian multi-sport athlete in swimming and CrossFit
Community Integration through Cooperative Education, 2022
Julia Lane is an award-winning multi-sport athlete and public speaker sharing awareness of Down syndrome. She works to inspire her fellow athletes and swimmers with her hard work and dedication to sport and her community. She holds multiple world records and works to share her experience with other athletes and youth in the Windsor-Essex community.

Cambrian College

Kendra Liinamaa

Millwright Apprentice, Vale
Industrial Mechanical Millwright, 2020
Kendra Liinamaa, an apprentice millwright with Vale in Sudbury, has been recognized in the Canadian mining sector for the significant work she continues to do to close the gender representation gap in a largely male-dominated industry. She regularly speaks to audiences of young girls considering careers in the trades at events organized by skilled trades advocacy groups. She also serves as a trades ambassador with KickAss Careers, an organization that provides educational workshops and presentations to encourage students of all ages to consider careers in skilled trades and technology.

Centennial College

Sid Naidu

CEO and Founder, SNCD Inc.

International Development, 2019

A first-generation Canadian, Sid Naidu is a Scarborough-based artist, creative entrepreneur and documentary photographer who creates community-driven storytelling projects through visual arts, photojournalism and public art installations. He is the co-founder of Scarborough Made, a social impact organization devoted to storytelling, creative employment and mentorship for youth, public art and community engagement. In 2020, he founded SNCD Inc., a creative enterprise that helps purpose-driven brands, artists and social entrepreneurs develop and amplify their impact. He holds a bachelor of arts in art and contemporary studies from Toronto Metropolitan University and a graduate certificate in international development from his alma mater college.

Seneca Polytechnic

Karina Pérez

Freight Forwarder - Projects, Pricing Specialist, DSV - Global Transport and Logistics
International Transportation and Customs, 2019
Just three short years after graduating, Karina Pérez made her mark in the international transportation logistics world, taking home the coveted 2022 Global Young Logistics Professional Award following her wins in the Canadian competition and the Americas regional competition. Her winning dissertation centred on the importation of generator engines from Germany to northern Ontario and the exportation of dangerous goods from Canada to Peru. Both case studies focused on the environmental aspects of the moves. Her passion for the environment, along with her skills in logistics, has launched a career that will have a lasting impact on the international transportation of goods.

Sault College

Jenna Polutanovich

Family Support Facilitator, Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH)
Child and Youth Care, 2019

Jenna Polutanovich has made a significant impact in her community by providing support and developing resources for children and families who have experienced a loss by death. As a student, she recognized that gaps needed to be filled and that her community lacked grief-specific supports for children who have lost a loved one. Since graduating, she has offered one-on-one and group support, authored and published the book ABC's of Death (for caregivers navigating loss with children), has educated post-secondary students and has “trained the trainer” with community organizations to become more comfortable supporting their own clients through grief.

Humber College

Lisa Post

Mayor, Town of Orangeville
Bachelor of Community Development, 2023

Rooted in community, Lisa Post is a transformational leader championing equity, diversity and inclusion, dedicating much of her political career to representing marginalized voices and building strong social policies. A lifelong resident of Orangeville, she was elected in 2022 as the town’s second female mayor since its incorporation in 1863 after serving a four-year term as a councillor. She is an active volunteer, serving on several non-profit boards and working alongside local organizations focused on culture, youth, empowerment and safety. She prioritizes a community-first approach in her decision-making and is an advocate for the merits of lifelong learning.

Georgian College

Wazeer Rahman

Police Constable, South Simcoe Police
Police Foundations, 2018

Wazeer Rahman became a police constable immediately after graduation. He’s an ardent believer in the value of community policing to not only respond to calls but proactively engage to build trust and reduce negative interactions. In a new role with the traffic and marine unit, he’s passionate about fighting impaired driving. He spends many volunteer hours mentoring other potential policing students who want to follow his path. As an international student, he co-founded the Kerala Muslim Student Association, which now has chapters across Canada. In 2021 he received a Community Champion Award from the Simcoe County Newcomer Recognition Awards.

Conestoga College

Bohdana Tyshchenko

Product Designer, Upsiide
Advanced Diploma, IT Innovation and Design, 2022
An advocate for women in STEM and refugees from her home country of Ukraine, Bohdana Tyshchenko is using her lived experience, expertise and connections to transform lives and workplaces. She developed the “Hire Ukraine” and charity mentorship programs that have helped more than 20 IT professionals from Ukraine secure employment and support the Ukrainian cause. Using the skills she learned at college, she designed an app that has been downloaded 28,000 times and another used to manage 2,000-plus annual applications to Canadian school boards. She also developed and led workplace teambuilding and staff onboarding programs, while mentoring 60 aspiring female designers.

St. Lawrence College

Ucheoma Udoha

Project Lead, Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
Healthcare Administration, 2022
Uche Udoha is a highly accomplished health-care professional and innovative entrepreneur. Her selflessly dedicated social impact continues to improve the lives of all those her work touches, locally and internationally. She is committed to serving in-need populations with her ever-expanding skill set, including optometry, business leadership, health-care administration and project management. For her, every achievement and award has been another opportunity to give back to humanity. Through her work, she is currently bettering the life quality of rural Nigerians, Alzheimer’s Society clients in Ontario and the career-building capacities of current and incoming international students at her alma mater college.

Fanshawe College

Lloyd Vermeer

Owner, VS Design Studio
Architectural Technology, 2018
A military veteran who completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan before attending college, Lloyd Vermeer received the Architectural Technology Achievement Award and launched VS Design Studio in his graduating year. Within five years, the company completed close to 500 architectural design projects for both new builds and renovations, generated $500,000 in annual sales and hired three additional full-time design staff to keep up with demand. Vermeer maintains a leading edge in the design industry, investing in Autodesk Revit software and 3D scanning technology and providing services that are typically not found in a small custom design company.